Participants will help restore a plantation forest to a healthy ecosystem—and feel empowered by taking action. To start, students will engage in an interactive teaching train, where participants are given the opportunity to teach each other more about the forest and the plants that are found there.
Then participants will take part in “FUSSS”, a reflective activity that involves analyzing the Feeling, Understory, Size, Spacing and Soil in a complex mature forest. After hiking to our restoration forest, FUSSS will be done again to consider the difference between the two ecosystems.
To finish, groups will have the opportunity to help in restorative forestry practices through working together to pull down a tree – thus allowing more light to the forest floor and new regrowth to occur!
“Everything was so much fun! It was great learning about the forest and different plants.” – Fiona M, Grade 9, Claremont School
Curriculum Link: Identify and describe a variety of solutions to address the issue of natural resource management. (Gr 5)
Where: The Millard Learning Centre on Galiano Island, and the surrounding forests.
When: This program is available at your convenience. It takes about 5 hours and yes, you can do it in a day trip from Vancouver or Victoria.
Cost: $32/student for groups of 15 students or more. Smaller groups, please contact us.
Special equipment or clothing? Dress for variable Gulf Islands weather: warm sweaters, sturdy footwear, and sunscreen.
Food and water: Bring your own lunches and drinking water.
How do I book? When you’re ready, use the online booking system above. A 20% deposit is required. Alternately, send your deposit cheque to our office with your requested date, time and your group’s info. Bookings are not secured until we’ve received your deposit.
Have questions? Start with our Galiano Program FAQs.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel less than two weeks from the day, you will forfeit your deposit. Thanks for your understanding.